R. v. Ipeelee

Supreme Court of Canada – [2012] 1 S.C.R. 433

Nunavut Criminal law


This decision determines the principles to be taken into account with regards to sentencing Aboriginal offenders for breach of long-term supervision orders (LTSOs).

In order for a sentencing decision made with regards to an Aboriginal offender to be upheld by a higher court, it must take into account his or her special circumstances as mandated by s. 718.1(e) of the Criminal Code.


  1. What are the principles governing the sentencing of Aboriginal offenders?
  2. How do those principles apply to the breach of an LTSO?
  3. Are the sentences imposed on either Mr. Ipeelee or Mr. Ladue unfit or made in error?

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